Sheffield residents’ fears after more tensions on streets

Police on the streets around Page Hall
Police on the streets around Page Hall
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Fed-up residents say constant violence and nuisance noise in their community has left them at the ‘end of their tether’.

Problems in the Page Hall area of Sheffield are continuing to make householders’ lives a misery despite a dispersal order – where groups of people causing anti-social behaviour can be broken up – being issued by police.

Some members of the migrant Slovakian community are ignoring the order, said dad Paul Downend.

Retail manager Paul, of Firth Park Road, said: “Only this morning there was a fight between 12 Roma Slovaks outside the house and I had to phone 999,

“When police come and disperse them, 10 minutes later they are standing on the street making a disturbance again.

“Since the order came in I have called the 101 number at least 10 times.

“My family have lived in the area since the 1800s and we have seen it go downhill. I choose to live here because I like the diversity.

“Now my wife doesn’t like going to the corner shop and when my son goes out I make sure he texts me when he gets off the bus.

“We’re afraid of what’s happening because there has been violence between groups.”

Police have increased patrols as well as making dispersals in the area. Sheffield Council and other organisations are also working on ‘long-term solutions’.

Paul said the local Pakistani Advice Centre was also trying to help but that services were still playing ‘catch-up’.

He added: “I think there is a need for hard-core education, getting the community together and saying this is not acceptable behaviour.

“I have every backing for the police and people at the advice centre who are really trying – but we are getting to the end of our tether,”

Inspector Simon Leake, from the police North East Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We are making dispersals where the law allows and have increased our visibility in the area. I am personally in touch with some people affected by anti-social behaviour and am providing them with support and feedback wherever possible.

“I would always urge the public to contact the police on 101 about any concerns or issues.

“We want residents to feel safe in their communities and we have and will continue to take robust action against anyone involved in anti-social behaviour.”